I have a weird quirk because I start to panic early in spring. It comes from counting weekends. I figure it's going to be blistering hot by the Fourth of July, and prime spring fishing is usually winding down on the big lakes and reservoirs.
For sake of argument, let's call that weekend the end of spring fishing. I just checked the calendar. There are 12 weekends between now and the Fourth of July.
Then I compile a mental list of all the places I want to fish during spring, and preferably more than once. Subtract the inevitable things that steal away a weekend or two, such as bad weather, family obligations, yard work, etc., and you can understand my panic.
That's why it's important to take the marker out of the drawer and block out some weekends for fishing trips on the calendar. My short list this spring includes the Duck Valley Indian Reservation for trout, Lake Cascade for smallmouths and trout, Little Camas Reservoir for trout, and I've never fished Malheur Reservoir, so that's another good option. There's a month right there, and that's if I get to fish every weekend.
But this isn't about me. It's too easy to let spring weekends slip away. If you haven't fished already, things are starting to get good, and I'm banking they should get better in the near future.
Despite some snotty weather, I've still had a lot of good reports trickling in.
Part of my panic is because spring fishing can be so good. Beautiful sunny weather, feisty fish and great camping make an incredible combination, and call me selfish, but I don't want to miss out on any of it.